Black Fingerboard Stain

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Ebony in a bottle!
Makes streaked ebony fingerboards and bridges uniformly black.

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Black Fingerboard Stain

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Ebony in a bottle!
Makes streaked ebony fingerboards and bridges uniformly black.

The days of harvesting uniformly black ebony wood are rapidly fading—in fact, most ebony today is streaked with brown and gray. Fiebing's black stain is a long-time guitar factory favorite for making ebony uniformly black ("ebonizes" other woods, too). LeatherColor™ is the new environmentally-friendlier formula. Wipe on, and wipe off the excess as needed.

Use it to darken new or old ebony fingerboards, bridges, tailpieces and peghead veneers on guitars, violins, mandolins and banjos. Unlike other black stains, Fiebings won't leave a bluish tint.
4-ounce bottle.

Tip: Clean the wood with naphtha and sand to 600-grit before staining. Mask off neck bindings, the nut, and any other areas you don't want to stain. Apply with a clean cloth or a brush, and be sure to wear protective gloves.

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Black Fingerboard Stain

By KOJACK from TENNESSEE
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, May 04, 2013


Awesome product-stained my Rogue RA-090 acoustic guitar in about 30 minutes. Color is deep and even. I used two coats and about 1/10 of the bottle.

That Old Black Magic

By 7strings from New York
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, February 13, 2013


I used this over a rosewood fingerboard on my Epiphone Emperor regent. I lightly sanded the fingerboard,I taped the frets and the inlays and the binding.it was a little time consuming , but it was worth it.I must say that I was a little leery about the way it might turn out. Ya can't go wrong with Stew Mac products.It came out beautiful..

Would work IF...

By NPB_EST.1979 from Detroit, MI
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, December 14, 2012


I had an Epi quality SG that I wanted to darken the neck wood. The frets and inlay stayed on. I steel-wooled the fretboard and alcohol to get all the used finger oils out. I stained it with this, and it didn't stay dark in all the places.

Great Stuff!

By Thom Abell-String Theory Guitar Rep from Mount Juliet, TN
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, November 25, 2012


I used this stain recently on a guitar of Kenny Chesney's that was damaged in the Nasville Flood. After scraping the lifted clear lacquer, I removed the loose binding and then fine sanded and then applied this stain. It scraped very easily off of the binding after it was put back on and the end result is outstanding! Be sure to wear gloves because this stuff loves to stain skin. Great Stuff!

Fret board... Ebonized

By Jacob Nu+¦ez from Victorville,CA
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, October 27, 2012


The ebony fret board was a little to expensive for a first time guitar so I bought a rosewood, I really wanted an ebony though... So I ordered a bottle of this stuff and it turned it from rosewood brown to tuxedo black with just a cloth, great stuff!

Blacker Than Black

By Will Arnold from Lexington, KY
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, September 20, 2012


This stuff works well! Follow the instructions, but be careful when sanding over any inlays, it can sink in and stain them as well. Gloves are an absolute necessity and a little goes a LONG way. I did two coats using generic art brushes on a friend's weather worn Alvarez rosewood board and it worked impressively well. I was annoyed for a number of days as it kept rubbing off on fingers and the cloths -- even after trying to clean it off for a few days (color never diminished). The secret to stop that rubbing off effect is to give it a good cleaning with naphtha... BAM! Cleaned it off in one fell swoop. I have not had any residue coming from the neck since that one time wipe down. Very good product.

Black Finger Board Stain

By Robert Mc Naught from Sault Ste Marie,Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, August 08, 2012


Used this stain on my Fender f-115 LTD Guitar with a small brush and it worked very well,I have a steady hand so not to get it on anything else,rubbed it with a dry cloth and love the out come,if you get it on your hands use lauquier thinner and it comes right off.

Fingerboard Stain

By Jake DeWitt from Amherst, OH
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, July 03, 2012


Darkening my ebony fretboard couldn't have been easier. This stuff turned the ebony as black as night and its very uniform in color. Excellent buy.

Black isn't 'black'

By Acoustic Corner from Black Mountain NC
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, June 23, 2012


Good product, and easy to work with, but we wish it were more of a true 'black'; it often comes out looking rather purple, much like a Sharpie. Multiple applications don't really make a difference.

Careful with those fingers!

By Todd T. from Omaha, NE
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, June 13, 2012


If you get this on your skin, don't even bother trying to wash it off. It'll "grow" off eventually. As far as fingerboards go, this stuff works perfectly. I'm a white guitar fan, so ebony looks so much better than rosewood on "tuxedo" guitars. I did all of my guitars and they look fantastic. As others have mentioned, it's not going to give the smooth glassy feel of real ebony, but it certainly captures the beautiful look.

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